ROC suggested, why Constantinople was appointed Exarch of Ukraine

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova in fotoreceptor of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. Archival photoROC suggested, why Constantinople was appointed Exarch of Ukraine© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova the image Bank

Appointed Patriarch, Exarch needs to go to Kiev to probably cooking the granting of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, said the Chairman of the DECR, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

«I think that in this case we are talking about the two special representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, which needs to go to Kiev to prepare the granting of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church,» said Metropolitan Hilarion, commenting on the TV channel «Russia 24» the decision of Patriarch Bartholomew about the appointment of two exarchs in Ukraine.

According to Metropolitan Hilarion, the Exarch «is scheduled to hold a decision on autocephaly, which the Ukrainian Church did not ask for autocephaly asked schism.»

On Friday, the Ecumenical Patriarchate announced that «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv Archbishop Pamphylian Daniel from the USA and Bishop Hilarion of Edmonton Canada.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is trying to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures and creation on their basis one local Autocephalous Church in Ukraine, outside the framework of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Previously, he said that the government will not interfere in internal Church Affairs, but again spoke of the need of autocephaly for Ukraine.

The episcopate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church responded that the issue is about the attempts of external forces to turn the Church into an integral part of geopolitics, of ideology and national security, although this is contrary to the vocation of the Church. In the UOC believe that the Church should not be a tool in the hands of the state or political ideology, no matter where it comes from. The bishops believe that attempts to change the status of the Church in Ukraine will deepen the rift in Orthodoxy and society and will lead to the restriction of rights and freedoms.